News of director Paul Greengrass’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2021 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the director best known for Jason Bourne, Captain Phillips or The Bourne Ultimatum is alive and well.
UPDATE 18/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Paul Greengrass death hoax spreads on Facebook
Rumors of the director’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Paul Greengrass’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the English director’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (May 16, 2021), our beloved director Paul Greengrass passed away. Paul Greengrass was born on August 13, 1955 in Cheam. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 65-year-old director, screenwriter and producer was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.
Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major English network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a director of Paul Greengrass' stature would be major news across networks.
A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that 53% still think false Paul Greengrass death rumors are funny.
Paul Greengrass Death Hoax Dismissed Since Director Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Monday (May 17) the director's reps officially confirmed that Paul Greengrass is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He's still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.
Some fans have expressed anger at the fake report saying it was reckless, distressing and hurtful to fans of the much loved director. Others say this shows his extreme popularity across the globe.
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